About Conundrum: Conundrum began as an experiment in blending by the Wagners of Caymus fame. The red has been around in regular production since 2011 and over the years it had it’s ups and downs. Some years it was a serious blended red with real Napa chops, some years it disappointed. A few vintages ago they decided to either discontinue it or step up their game. They stepped up. Here’s what the winery says about the birth of Conundrum
“It all began at the dinner table. Charlie Wagner Sr., who co-founded Caymus Vineyards in 1972 with his wife, Lorna, and son, Chuck, would mix wines to find the perfect glass to pair with his meal. No one blended wines back then, so his experiment was pretty radical.
Fast forward to 1989, when Conundrum White was born, quickly taking off with its mysterious, tropical notes and amazing versatility. Conundrum Red, serious yet approachable, was introduced in 2011. Today, it’s Charlie’s grandson, Charlie Wagner II, who keeps Conundrum as original as ever….We source Conundrum in places that are both famed and off the beaten track – in Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara, San Benito, Solano and Tulare Counties. Its character starts in the vineyard, in small towns where families have been farming for generations and there’s always plenty of good conversation, great grapes and more to explore.”